One concept I helped work with today is based on http://bikesafeboston.com‘s emergency response cards, that also help bicyclists know about laws in their locale that matter. The pitcher of the idea really wanted it to still offer a sponsor message, and link back to to recommended lawyers, but in the end, I started thinking about my bicycle accidents.
For one “serious” bicycle accident, I was riding across the 10th street bridge, when a vehicle decided to cut me off to get on the highway, whether they saw me before the light contact with their rear quarter panel is something I wonder (it was an SUV):
- It knocked me off my bicycle
- They paused, but, drove off as I got my bike off of the street
- I was upset, but had places to be; my wheel was barely deformed that would require minimal wrench time.
- I had a “not-smart” phone w/o a camera
For my accident this July, no car was involved, but it was much more serious
- First thought was if I could walk it off.
- I found a neighbor as quickly as possible
(Yes, I knocked on a random person’s door and asked them to call 911)
- I used my smart phone to tell others that I was going to the hospital.
- I got the name and the address of the neighbor I went to and told my family on a call; I did not type it on my smartphone
This aligns with some societal issues:
- Do we trust our neighbors to act in cases of emergency
- Are we prepared to help others in cases of emergency
- Would we rather talk to people or text/email them.
- Is knowing the laws, with quick access to a lawyer making the world a better place or more troublesome.
But more importantly, for smart phone usability
- Do we download an app for everything we “might” need?
I don’t have my car insurance app, I do have an insurance card and pen in my glovebox.
- Does information submitted to a app work as evidence.
- If you are focusing on getting to an app, are you forgetting more important things in cases of emergency
Like contacting the police, calling an ambulance, getting your bike/car out of the street, or treating shock.
- If I have an app, but need a witness to fill it out, are they going to use my phone to fill it out?